In keeping with the intergenerational magic of Household Saints, Martina Savoca-Guay, the daughter Nancy Savoca was pregnant with while she directed the film, has made a great new documentary THE MANY MIRACLES OF HOUSEHOLD SAINTS! Working with footage from the set of her mother’s film — including electronic press kits and home movies — and with contemporary interviews with author Francine Prose and her parents (her dad Rich Guay co-wrote and co-produced Household Saints), Martina has created a gorgeous celebration and homage to a remarkable American independent film and to her own filmmaking heritage.
Directed by Nancy Savoca
1982 / Black & White / 16 min / United States / English
Nancy Savoca’s first student film, made alongside husband Rich Guay at NYU in the early ’80s, deftly explores the struggles of a young mother living in New York City. Their friend Marianne Leone gives life to their character of Renata and her plight—weighing her own well-being against her commitment to her family. Crisp black-and-white photography adds to Leone’s dynamic performance, stripping away everything but her struggle.
RENATA has been digitally remastered from the original 16mm negative by Milestone Film & Video in collaboration with Ross Lipman, Corpus Fluxus. Thank you to Nancy Savoca and Rich Guay, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Todd Wiener, and Paul Foster. 2K Scan: CineSolutions.
BAD TIMINGDirected by Nancy Savoca
1982 / Color / 24 min / United States / English
Nancy Savoca’s second student film follows two twelve-year olds, Bobby (Joey D’Arelli) and Denise (Kelly Cinnante) who run away to Hollywood. They land at an open mic night in a New Jersey bar where Bobby’s aunt and uncle (once aspiring actors) lay out the realities of life as a working actor. The film was inspired by performers Savoca met while making her first student film, most notably William DaPrato. Filled with wry humor and quiet revelations about the pursuit of artistic dreams, BAD TIMING features Marianne Leone and the on-screen debut of future Academy Award winner, Chris Cooper.